Today is World Aids Day. AIDS has led to the deaths of more than 25 million people world wide. In 2007 the AIDS pandemic killed an estimated 2.1 million people, including 330,000 children. It is estimated that over 33 million people are currently living with HIV/AIDS. One of them is a friend of mine, T. I was with him when he received his diagnosis. Although the counsellor was excellent, it was a terrible experience. T is lucky - he lives in a country with free health care, and with an established programme of treatment. His prognosis is as good as it can be. Many millions are not so lucky, doomed because of poverty, ignorance and prejudice.
This design is dedicated to T and to all those living under the shadow of HIV/AIDS.
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This pattern is offered for personal, non-commercial use only. Items made from this pattern may be sold on a small scale basis such as on Etsy or at craft sales. Sales for charity are positively encouraged! This pattern and the text and photos contained within, may not be copied or reproduced for any purpose other than personal use. Please direct people to this blog rather than forwarding the pattern, thank you! Copyright 2009 N M Wray